Get Involved

Get involved with the Northwest Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation!

Make a gift to the Northwest Chapter - All donations are 100% tax deductible and will help the Northwest Chapter continue supporting the estimated 73,000 people living with IBD in our five state service region (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska). Gifts can be made online or by contacting the chapter at Thank you! 


Become a Member - As a member of the foundation, you will help us further the cause while receiving special membership benefits.  Membership benefits include subscription to the chapter newsletter and national magazine, discounts on books, and invitations to participate in chapter events and programs. Individual memberships start at only $30. Renew or join today!

Third Party Events - These are volunteer-led fundraisers that benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundaiton. Throughout the year we have people climbing Mt. Rainier, sailing the Strait of Juan De Fuca, rocking out at the Showbox, playing music in the park, and much more. Have an idea on how you can help the Foundation? Contact

Volunteer Committees & Opportunities - Volunteers make us the successful Foundation it is. We have planning committees for Take Steps, the Benefit Luncheon and our Flag Football tournament and we would love to have you join us. Looking for less of a commitment? We need office and event day volunteers as well. Click here to view all of our volunteer opportunities. Contact Ainsley Kelly at

Workplace Giving - Many companies (Microsoft, Starbucks, Bank of America to name a few) will match your contributions! Contact your HR department to find out if your company has a matching gift program. If so, look up the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. You could be doubling or tripling your commitment to finding a cure!

Talk About Us - Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@CCfdnNW)! Awareness of IBD and the Foundation are crucial to increasing the quality of life for patients.

Join one of our signature programs!

Camp Oasis is a co-ed residential summer camp for youth with IBD entering grades 2-12 in fall. Held the last week of June each year, 
Camp Oasis is held at Camp Colman in the south Puget Sound and is open to youth from our five-state region. Check out camp details online or contact Kathleen at


We will #walkforcures this year to EMPOWER and INSPIRE patients and their families to live their fullest lives and continue our fight for cures. By joining the Take Steps community, you will fundraise to support mission-critical research and patient support programs for the 1.6 million Americans living with IBD. Walk as an individual or gather your friends, family, and co-workers to form a team. Learn more and register for one of our local walk events:


The Northwest Chapter offers Team Challenge Half Marathon team that trains in Seattle. Check out or our events page to learn about upcoming information meetings and recruitment.  

 Volunteer Opportunities

Please contact us at if you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities!

Seattle Area Opportunities

Team Challenge Volunteer Support - There are many opportunities this spring to come out and support our runners and walkers who are fundraising for the Foundation and training for their first (or next) half marathon. Each of these events is an opportunity to spread awareness in our community while being fun, social experiences where you will meet great people. Contact Team Seattle Manager Amanda Mendum at with any questions or if you are looking for other ways to get involved!

Check In & Registration Help at Education Programs

Take Steps Western Washington Planning Committee Members- logistics, promotions, sponsorship procurement, in-kind donations, day of event volunteers and much more.

Portland Area Opportunities

Take Steps Portland Planning Committee Members- logistics, promotions, sponsorship procurement, in-kind donations, day of event volunteers and much more.

Fundraising Events Committee and Volunteers- We need help procuring in-kind donations, posting flyers, and social media advertising!

Check In & Registration Help at Education Programs

Regional Opportunities 

There are many ways to make a difference in the lives of people with Crohn’s and colitis by becoming an advocate for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation no matter where you live!

GI Outreach & Education: Our goal is to reach every GI office in the community on a quarterly basis. This is an opportunity for volunteers to visit their local GI offices, provide them with educational resources for their patients, let them know about upcoming events and connect them with the local IBD community. The more informed the medical community is about the foundation, the more resources IBD patients will have. But to get to all the offices, we need your help. If you are interested in participating as a GI Outreach and Educational Volunteer, please let us know so we can be sure to include you in the rollout of this program. The Foundation will provide training and all the materials to help you be successful!

Support Group Facilitators: Support groups provide a safe, understanding space where people affected by Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis can connect with others and feel supported. We would like have groups in many locations to serve as many communities as possible and we need volunteers to start the groups. Our support groups are driven by volunteer facilitators, supported by foundation staff. Each facilitator undergoes an interview process and training before serving. Start a new group in your community or help lead an existing group as a co-facilitator! Learn more about the role and responsibilities here.   

Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week: December 1-7 is national Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week and our Communications and Awareness committee is working hard to create a great outreach plan for the week. We are currently looking for volunteers to help coordinate awareness activities in markets outside of Washington, where our office is located. Some examples of these include working with local media to have our Escape the Stall Public Service Announcement placed on radio, in print and on television or working with local governments to have proclamations dedicating a week to IBD Awareness. Again, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation will provide training and materials to help you be successful. 


We encourage you to schedule local meetings with your legislators to ask them to include funding in the annual spending bills for federal agencies that study IBD. For instructions, handouts, and additional information, see our Visit Your Legislator webpage.